Topic: Inspire, Redefine and Co-design: Bringing purpose to Community so that people live healthy and fulfilling lives, irrespective of age.

Day: Friday 23 October 2020

Time: 1:30pm-2:00pm AESDT


To activate new ways of thinking and bring purpose to community, involves learning about the environment, being in and connected to the environment and acting for the environment.

This presentation explores the model of co-designing with client, designers and community, so that there is authenticity and voice to the people who are adopting change.

We will discuss the transformation of Lyndoch Living’s built environment, inspired by informed decisions that includes a cross-pollination of ideas as part of the public innovation system.

The innovation system comprises of Lyndoch’s newly designed health and wellness precinct with education hub, medical centres and mixed housing accommodation, that connect people to social programs, learning, well-being and home.
Doreen and Rulla will demonstrate this collaborative process by presenting together as a discussion between client and consultant (respectively) both bringing in the perspective of combined business strategy and design, shared experiences and creative approach.

A strategic and intentional approach was taken to gather information to stimulate new ideas and new ways of delivering care and services into the community. This was mapped by Lyndoch Living undertaking local network research and partnerships within community.
We will discuss the integration of innovative design solutions and new building materials with sustainable social, health and well-being programs that inspire a community to thrive within their environment.


Doreen is a health care professional with a nursing background and is an experienced senior executive across both the public and private health sectors ranging from Acute and Aged Care health services, Primary Health and Community Health. Doreen is also a Quality Assessor/Lead Assessor with The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.
Doreen is currently CEO of Lyndoch Living, a regional Integrated Residential Aged Care facility that includes a retirement living hub, community services, rehabilitation services, respite and disability services and an innovative business model for a range of home care services. Lyndoch Living is undergoing significant building works and implementation of a master plan that includes a Primary Health Care Centre.
In March 2019, Doreen was named Aged Care CEO of the Year at the Australian Healthcare Week Awards, in recognition of her outstanding contribution in growing a vibrant community of elders living well and ageing well, with passionate and engaged staff.